A Few More Stories Before Year End


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I’ve got to go to the LCBO shortly to see if they have a bottle of Cava left the celebrate the new year. That’s my choice of the bubbly since taking that cruise to Spain.

I can remember when I was younger seeing the lineups at the local liquor store because in those days one had to fill in a form and the clerk behind the counter would go and fetch the bottle. There was no such thing as self-serve stores as there are today.

There was an LCBO store right near the grocery store where I used to go shopping. At this time of the year, there was always a huge lineup snaking outside of the store waiting to get in to get those few bottles of Christmas cheer.

Speaking of cheer, I hope that these stories will delight you as well.

P3ERS ARE SO FUNNY

They really don’t know how to deal with the Ontario Auditor General’s report slamming P3 concept.

In an article by Lindsey Cole on December 22, 2014 on Daily Commercial News we see this:

“Infrastructure Ontario (IO) has gained an international reputation as a best-in-class procurement agency,” states Mark Romoff, president and CEO for the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships in a statement, adding Ontario is leading the way with over 100 Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP), or P3, projects, the majority procured by the provincial government.

“The record speaks for itself. The transfer of risk to the private sector has real value and taxpayers are tired of projects costing far more than initially budgeted, deficient design and construction, and deferred maintenance, which is why governments have turned to P3s.”

What is said by the head of the P3 group should be taken at face value I guess notwithstanding that he provides no proof nor does he dealt specifically with what the AG said. Sure, 74 projects were looked at and the AG recognized the 8 billion-dollar ripoff of taxpayers! Yes, dear sir, the record does the for itself and it does not say very much that is positive about P3s in Ontario.

This is even funnier from your organization that used the fuzzy math to try to pretend that P3s had value:

“However, IO stated in a release the AFP model is the most “responsible” approach to deliver large, complex projects.

“Unfortunately, there is a common misconception that AFP delivery is more expensive than traditional delivery methods,” it reads. “This way of thinking ignores the risks that are inherent in large, complex projects.”

Of course, the AG dismissed the “risk analysis” that IO offered up but why mention that.

The more that this goes on, the more that we can see that there is no value to P3s at all. And yet, our Federal Government wants to use the P3 concept for the DRIC/NITC bridge in Windsor/Detroit and for the Champlain bridge in Montréal. No wonder they have to have such high tolls there and why we need 50 years or more of availability payments here!

THE GOVERNERD MUST LOVE MY BLOG

I wonder whether Rick Snyder reads Windsor Square. I’m sure that he must.

Note however this:

“Tim Skubick: Gov. Rick Snyder assess the state of Michigan political blogs

As for the number he assigned to the intellectual offerings he opines, “it’s a very low number.”

A minus number?

He would not go that low but he did offer, “Too often it’s people not acting with civility and respect. They often are quite mean to one another…”

The politically correct governor does not paint with a broad brush as he believes there is some good content out there. But you get the sense he thinks that is not the norm.” (Tim Skubick MLive.com December 22, 2014)

Obviously, the question was limited to Michigan only bloggers because the Governerd did not want to admit how good the Windsor Square is on the border file!

DOES SANDRA TALK JUST TO TALK

The head of the Undevelopment Commission just seems to say things in the media to try to justify her huge salary in one of the 3 jobs that she holds. How else to explain this about the new City Marketing that is going to be opened soon:

“Not only can both markets succeed, but the area could possibly gain a reputation as a central hub for local food, according to the head of Windsor-Essex Economic Development Corporation. CEO Sandra Pupatello says the area could evolve into a new destination spot for the region.

“It brings people in who want to go to one, but then they realize there’s another in the area. If you’re bringing in people from areas like Detroit, now they want to come to both,” she said. “This could very well become the food court, the place you go for really cool food. It could gain that reputation.” (Derek Spalding Windsor Star December 21, 2014)

Seriously Sandra, people from Detroit are going to come here to buy local foods. Hasn’t she heard of Eastern Market in Detroit:

“Each week thousands of people flock to Eastern Market for its Saturday Market to enjoy one of the most authentic urban adventures in the United States. The market and the adjacent district are rare finds in a global economy – a local food district with more than 250 independent vendors and merchants processing, wholesaling, and retailing food.

At the heart of Eastern Market is a six-block public market that has been feeding Detroit since 1891. Every Saturday it is transformed into a vibrant marketplace with hundreds of open-air stalls where everyone from toddlers to tycoons enjoy the strong conviviality served up along with great selections of fruits, veggies, fresh-cut flowers, homemade jams, maple syrups, locally produced specialty food products, pasture and/or grass-fed meat and even an occasional goose or rabbit.”

I would also suggest that she head over to the US Customs and Border Protection website to take a look at the restrictions in importing foods into the United States. Why would anyone bother taking the risk knowing that they will be pulled over for sure if they mention foodstuffs. It happened to me all the time when I was flying back from London, England to Detroit with some bottled mango chutney.

NOW WE HAVE TO WATCH LATE-NIGHT TELEVISION FOR POLITICAL NEWS

Oh man, if it is not bad enough to have to read newspapers and watch news programs and plow through the Internet to get information about news, now, I have to stay up to watch late-night television to get the latest breaking news:

” In the Monday night episode of “The Colbert Report,” the joke was on Canada’s oil industry.

That’s because the featured guest appeared to take a dig at the industry’s long-awaited, long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline project.

Unfortunately for project proponents, it just so happened that this skeptical guest was the man who controls its fate: U.S. President Barack Obama…

Obama went on to list the project’s pros and cons. He dwelled far more heavily on the negative, continuing a recent pattern in which he’s sounded dismissive of Keystone.

He might have to make a decision as early as next month.

Obama assured the audience that he’ll be guided by climate-change considerations because the economic merit is too negligible to be the deciding factor.

“These young people are going to have to live in a world where we already know temperatures are going up,” Obama said, referring again to the crowd.

“Keystone is a potential contributor of that … We have to weigh that against the amount of jobs it’s actually going to create – which are not a lot.”

Obama said the pipeline wouldn’t drive down gas prices for Americans, and experts generally agree with that. But he repeated a far more contested claim, that the pipeline would simply allow Canada to export its oil. He said the pipeline might be good for Canada but would only create a couple of thousand temporary construction jobs for Americans.” (Alexander Panetta Canadian Press December 9, 2014)

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1 Comment on "A Few More Stories Before Year End"

  1. The pipeline would drive the gas prices down for the Americans and it would be good for Canadians so it is a win situation for everyone. The Obama administration has not faired well with a lot of countries, I don’t think he should get on Canada’s bad side.

    The temperature rising is a world problem, if all the countries in the world do not get on board then we all loose.

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